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Now, the VOA Special English Programmer Words and Stories.

Americans use many expressions about fish and fishing. For example, if somehing sound fishy, it may not be true .
Sometimes I feel like a fish out of water when I go to the party and everyone but me is doing the latest dance.
When I ask my friend if she like my new dress, I would like her to say something nice. In another words, I am fishing for a compliment, you might tell someone to fish or cut date if he repeatedly attemps to do somethins he is unable to do. Sometimes a layer will ask a witness many questions in a effort to discover the facts of a court case. This is call gonging to a fishing expedition.

Some expressions involve different kinds of fish. Information that is used to draw attention away from the real facts of a situation is called a red herring. If you want to describle a feeling of surprise, you might cry "holy mackerel", although we don not know why a mackerel is holy.

Once I went to a country fair and tried my luck with a game of chance. It was so easy. It was like shooting fish in a barrel.Then I went on a fastest, hightest and most frightening ride, roller coaster. At the end of the ride, I did not feel so good. a friend said that I look green around the gills.

I grew up in a small town where everyone knew about my life,there were times when I thought I was living in a fishbowl, so I move to Washedon where things are different. Now I take the train to work every day during rush hour when many other people travel to their jobs. sometimes the train is so crowded that we are packed in like sardines. Sardines are tiny fish that likes closed each other in cans.

One man who works in my office is a cold fish, he is unfriendly and doesn't like to join us in office parties. Another man in my office likes to enjoy alcoholic drink in paryties. in facet you mihgt say he drinks like a fish. we need to help him to stop drinking.

Last week my sister's car broke down as we were driving to a friend's marriage ceremony. "This is a fine kellte of fish," I said, "now we will be late."

My sister attend a small college where he is one of the smartest students. She always want to be a big fish in the small pond.

Recently, My sister broke up with her boyfriend, I told her not to worry, she would find anohter one.because there are plenty of other fishes in the sea.

This VOA Special English programmer was written by Shelly Golust. I am Faith Lapidus. You can find more words and their stories at voaspecialenglish.com.

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